Laura Becker-Caton Joins OnDemand To Lead Executive Search

OnDemand Resources, the leading provider of independent project and interim talent in strategic procurement, supply chain and operations is delighted to announce that Laura Becker-Caton has joined the firm. With the addition of Laura, OnDemand has formalized a new service offering of full time executive search that our clients have been requesting. Laura has 15 years of experience in Procurement, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain executive search, having placed over 100 candidates across the US and Canada. With a network deep and wide in this space, she has developed long-term relationships with candidates from junior-level to the C-suite and has fostered these relationships throughout the years. Laura is very accomplished in identifying stellar candidates who fit each company’s culture as well as have the experience and skills required for each role. She is also trained in behavioral interviewing and assessments and career path planning. Laura partners with each hiring manager, HR Business Partners and their organizations to truly understand their needs. “I am delighted to join the high performing team at OnDemand.  Being in the same space, I have been aware of OnDemand for many years and am excited to bring my experience and expertise in procurement and supply chain executive search to help their clients round their teams with top notch talent” said Laura Becker-Caton. “We are pleased to welcome Laura to our team, to help us accelerate our strong growth and focus on helping our clients with best talent support across project, interim and full time alternatives. In the short time we have worked with Laura, she proved her capabilities and will be a great asset to our clients,” said Jan Malasek, OnDemand’s CEO.  ………………………..... read more

Engage Consultant For Rapid Procurement Transformation and Fast Time To Savings

SITUATION OVERVIEW A newly hired CPO was not going to be able to be fully engaged with his new company, a national transportation equipment and service provider, for several months.  The Company’s leadership had high expectations and had set aggressive savings targets for his first 12 months.  Realizing that it takes time to understand the spend and opportunities, the CPO engaged Chris Lemnah, a long standing member of the OnDemand Professional Network to quickly analyze the spend and conduct the initial opportunity assessment (“OA”). APPROACH Chris kicked off an opportunity assessment consisting of stakeholder interviews, PO & AP spend analysis, and contract reviews.  He also spoke with the existing procurement team members to better understand their current focus, as well as past activities. The information gathered was used to create an OA package that presented the opportunities across 4 workstreams: ControlsKey Customer InitiativesSpend Reduction TeamsTechnology Enablers The Controls workstream focused on getting Procurements involved up front in supplier selection, vendor master additions and maintenance, contract reviews, and requisition approvals. Key Customer Initiatives the team was involved in included enterprise-wide initiatives for Telecom, Benefits, and Oracle. Spend Reduction teams focused on a myriad of projects in various areas identified during the OA and brought to the team by other departments. Chris sourced and implemented multiple technology solutions for the client to help organize and solidify their sourcing and contracting processes. CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS Engaging & Aligning Stakeholders – Finance, IT & Operations were all engaged to help understand their impressions of the current procurement team and where they thought procurement could add more value.Data Integrity – despite having relatively few... read more

Multiple Procurement Cost Reduction Strategies Drove Fast Savings Across Diverse Spend For Ground Moving Equipment Manufacturer

A PE-owned mid-market ground moving equipment manufacturer needed to quickly drive procurement savings ahead of impending major transactions. With disaggregated spend and vendor concentration across direct and indirect categories, they were looking for an expert who could quickly identify opportunities and help them execute varied strategies to maximize savings in the shortest period of time. They turned to OnDemand and selected a member of our Professional Network Kenton Phillips. CHALLENGE The mid-market position and spend levels of the company required lean, rapidly executed initiatives to maximize the project ROI, but the diverse range of products and services in scope necessitated a range of category-specific approaches to achieve the maximum savings. Multiple categories with a wide range of volumes – the category characteristics and varying spend levels required multiple different sourcing strategies to be planned and executed in a short timeframe.Product specification rationalization – the rationalization of specifications required by some categories drove the review of hundreds of engineering documents and substantial engagement with engineering personnel across two company locations.Sole-source products and limited switching capability – other categories had limited alternative vendors or were limited in the client’s ability to switch leading to the need for sole-source, limited-source and time-phased sourcing strategies. APPROACH Client-tailored and category-specific approaches were designed to rapidly capture the greatest amount of savings within the limited timeframe. Assessment and quick hits – during the assessment, categories were grouped by sourcing technique and other characteristics to accelerate the capture of quick-hit opportunities and enable the most efficient and effective strategic sourcing execution.  Some of the quickest savings results were achieved by leveraging group purchasing and volume concentration... read more

Strategic Sourcing for Pharmacovigilance (PV) Services – Creating a Collaborative Environment to Improve Services and Reduce Costs

Sourcing is often designed as a cost saving exercise. However, in the case of complex services that are integral to an enterprise success, sourcing can often result in a better solution for the organization, not just savings. We like to think of this as a win-win opportunity – better service levels, lower costs – and if driven/supported by senior leadership can reap great rewards. Below I share an excerpt from Dave Stowe, a long-time member of our OnDemand Professional Network, that I think exemplifies this kind of complex sourcing – this time at a high-growth BioPharma company that was outgrowing the capabilities of it’s Pharmacovigilance Services (PV*) provider. SITUATION OVERVIEW A rapidly growing $1.3B biopharma company with 12 drugs on the market and ongoing drug development, needed to find a new supplier for PV services.  As a result of the company’s rapid growth over the preceding 8 years, the incumbent supplier was unable to meet service level requirements creating a sizable business risk.  The client had increasing concerns about the incumbent’s capability to respond to audits in a timely manner; rapidly scale to support spikes in volumes; and support advanced analytics and insights. As a result, executives including the EVP of R&D, CFO and CEO approved a sourcing effort to find a new service supplier and technology platform. To lead the sourcing effort, the client brought in Dave Stowe, a member of the OnDemand Professional Network with deep pharmaceutical industry sourcing expertise to work with the VP of Patient Safety, scientists and the IT organization.  APPROACH The client created a core team with representatives from PV, IT and procurement... read more

Procurement Organization Redesign – Setting Up For Strategic Cost Savings Drive

A major industrial gas company’s North American Procurement Organization transformation journey highlights the importance of proper alignment to achieve significant and sustainable results. A major industrial gas company’s North American business aimed to significantly increase savings from their strategic procurement activities.  The company understood that in order to achieve their goals, they needed to re-align and optimize the Procurement Organization to fully harness its capabilities.  They hired a small team of consultants led by OnDemand Professional Network member Steve Strickman to significantly upgrade the function. Situation Overview: The company had a centralized transactional procurement team but lacked spend transparency and strategic sourcing skills.   Procurement was not seen as a value-added leader that could bring critical Sourcing and Cost Management expertise, which caused fragmented and localized execution of procurement activities across the company.  Driven by the new cost reduction mandate Senior Management’s goal was to upgrade Strategic Procurement across-the-board by building out a new organizational structure and strengthening its capabilities.  Approach: The Consulting Team first performed an assessment of the Procurement function, and the company graded poorly along seven high-level Procurement “success dimensions”:  Change readiness/willingnessStaff motivation and empowermentStructural alignmentSpend transparencyMeasurement and reportingBusiness process managementProcurement data capture and tools Understanding the current state was important in the successful re-design of the organization.  Among other things, the Team uncovered significant “Shadow Procurement” activity – procurement being executed by non-Procurement staff – that was causing significant downgrade in opportunity to save money and increased cost by excessive use of personnel resources (several dozen FTEs). The approach followed a proven concept – Current State Analysis/Gap Analysis/Future State Design across People, Process and Technology in... read more

Drive Explosive Growth With Comprehensive Business Assessment

An Independent Business Assessment presents an often overlooked opportunity to drive dramatic value creation and profitable growth.  Given the ever-increasing pace of change driven by enabling technologies and emerging risks such as pandemics, it is more essential than ever for businesses to drive their offerings and performance to the highest possible levels.  The Assessment can be done quickly (typically 4 to 5 weeks for small to medium sized businesses), does not require a significant resource commitment and delivers prioritized opportunities to improve business performance and mitigate risk.  This comprehensive Assessment covers Business Strategy, Deployment, Value Stream Core and Support Processes, Organization Design, Competencies and Performance, and Hard Assets (Footprint, Systems, Facilities, Equipment). Below are several areas where opportunities are often found: Business Strategy, Plan and Deployment – maintains a realistic, actionable Strategy Deployment with demonstrates progress on plan.Management Operating System – has effective PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) based Business Management System with effective design of KPIs, reports, meetings to plan and achieve the business annual and strategic goals.Value Stream Best Practice Processes – standard work is documented, deployed and managed for compliance, effectiveness and continual improvementHigh Performing Team Culture – maintains and demonstrates progress to plan on an Organization Development Plan driven by Business Strategy Jim Schoen, a member of our OnDemand Professional Network has has completed many assessments during his Executive and Consulting career and has a structured approach for delivering the best value creation opportunities.  His recent work is highlighted in the Case Study below. CASE STUDY – $25M Consumer Packaged Goods (Cannabis) Supplier The Venture Capital Board of a $5M Cannabis start-up asked for a comprehensive business assessment... read more